Barbara, here's a story you might appreciate:
There's a wonderful new site about the opera Tosca
. It features an article called "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Tosca". One of the ten things, in fact the first one on the list, is a story about the first American production of the play La Tosca
, with the actress Fanny Davenport. The American audiences were so upset by Tosca's suicide at the end, that the ending had to be changed: instead of having Tosca leap to her death, the firing squad shoots her.
This story reminds me so much of the firing squad incident in Prima Donna at Large
! By the way, if you'd like to look at the article, here it is:10 Things You Didn't Know about Tosca
Hope the link works!
[This message has been edited by Vicki (edited 01-12-2000).]